The Approach to Self-Government

The Approach to Self-Government

The Approach to Self-Government

The Approach to Self-Government

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Towards the end of 1954 the British Broadcasting Corporation suggested that a series of talks, seeking to apply the experience of the Asian countries of the Commonwealth to the general problem of converting dependent territories into independent countries, would arouse interest in the United Kingdom, and asked me if I would prepare such talks for recording in Karachi or Colombo. I was unable to record the talks until I returned to England in the summer of 1955. Meanwhile I had prepared a script; but the material was so considerable that on my arrival in England I found it necessary to prepare a shorter script, which was broadcast and published in the Listener. The interest aroused seemed to justify the publication of the longer script; but in June 1955 I was recalled to Karachi and accordingly was unable to undertake the revision of the script until October 1955. In the text published in this book some of the arguments have been elaborated and some further illustrations inserted. The book nevertheless remains a script prepared for broadcasting, and therefore retains the personal and to some extent autobiographical form appropriate to that medium.

In a preliminary talk recorded in Karachi, and in the first talk of the series, I did my best to emphasise that (apart from a short experience as member of a panel of jurists advising the Commissioner for Eritrea, in East Africa) my experience was limited to Asia. Indeed, though I have had to perform official duties in Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong, they related to educational and not to constitutional problems. I believe . . .

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